Bluebird Sign Gets Repair

Shovel Packing Bird Miner

This sign is a shovel-packing bluebird with a large orange beak who is ready to find his own gold mine. Spending some time on the internet I tried to identify what type of bird he must be. Unfortunately, I was not able to find him. But, there are really interesting things about birds to check out if you are interested in amazing beaks on birds.

bluebird sign dryingThis bluebird sign is in need of quite a bit of repair since he has had a lot of traffic on the trails. The first thing we do is sand him on both sides, seal the back with a coat of white paint and let him dry.

Standing Mr. Orange beak bluebird up alongside the table edge shows me that he is still stable and intact on the bottom, even though there appears to be a lot of damage.

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He got hits all over!

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After lifting him up onto the tabletop I begin to see the details of his damaged edges and surfaces. It is evident that his claw feet are simply worn away on the bottom edge. Along the right side, his shovel handle has become quite uneven with repeated ski pole pokes. I won’t worry about the rough edges for these though, as both claws and shovel handles can be uneven and no one will notice.

Face and Neck Repairs

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Now, our bluebird has damages that require some creative redesign and crafty  changes. Wear and tear shows on his neck, his left eye and the light bulb on his helmet. I believe I can remove his mining helmet and use that upper area for his blue head instead. This will allow me to move his face to the right enough to be able to give him his eye back. Artistic tweaking.

Bluebird Back and Tail

His body back and all his feathers got traffic but his lowest feather got the worst of it. The bluebird needs lots of paint.


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Beginning with his bluebird tail feathers and the rest of his body, then proceeding to orange claw feet and beak.  Browns are next for the shovel handle and grays for the shovel. I put highlights on wings and body, purposely making them rougher looking to help disguise the damage and uneven surfaces.

Using black and white paint to repair his eyes and the space between him and his shovel, the last touches are complete. I hit any highlights or shadows that seem lacking in other areas at the same time .

bluebird sign dry with raccoon

The final adjustment is taking his beak right across his eye in the rear, which gives a better representation of 3D with it’s overlapping. Another last minute item was the addition of some orange eyebrows.bluebird sign finishedOur shovel-packing bluebird with a large orange beak is finished and sealed, ready to go back up on the hill and be discovered by those skiing the trails. Another of the fun animal character signs at the best family ski resort, 49 Degrees North  Ski Resort in Chewelah WA.

 

Seven Hummingbirds #14

Okay. It is simply finishing up for me now. Blossoms in front and behind with shadows to show them in 3D. Leaves here and there some with details, some very light behind.

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I try to ensure enough variety of texture and tone to keep the eyes discovering different parts as you tour the painting. Hummingbirds just do that to me naturally.

This is a 22″w x 30″h watercolor on 300lb. watercolor paper work. It is entitled, “Hummingbirds, Seven J1516” and if you’d like to see it then head on down to the Kress Gallery on the third floor of Riverfront Park Shopping Center (behind and to the right of the food vendors). It will be there through Nov 28th. This painting is at the top of the ramp going up into the gallery on the left hand side. If you are interested in purchasing it, just let me know.humbirdseven50

Thank you for exploring this art journey with me.

 

Seven Hummingbirds #13

Background sunrise is needed now, so I carefully wet the background area and drop in brushfulls of sunrise colors.

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Little by little the background gives me a warm sunshine glow outlining all the vines, leaves and Honeysuckle blossoms.humbirdseven44

I like the shapes and locations so I happily head into finishing all the bright blossoms and leaves being careful of shadows and shapes and I go.humbirdseven46

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I notice that the background is needing a more definite presence or I will stand the chance of really screwing up, so I begin darkening the branches, giving them their shadows and highlights.

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Here is a closeup showing branch darkening.humbirdseven39

Next, I notice it is mainly the path of the vines that needs to be done. Reserving where I am wanting to put things as I progress with the details. It is kind of like I need to build my structure where the rest of the characters will reside. Constructing the image site.humbirdseven41

 

 

 

Seven Hummingbirds #09

Now the center flying hummingbirds come into color. First there is the red necked hummer, with a white chest and green wings.

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Then we have a violet and blue gorgeous hovering wonder above him. And we are up to four out of seven hummingbirds done except for final details. I can almost hear the “Star Wars” sound that they make, I swear that Lucas got that sound for when they are riding the jet motorcycles through the redwood forest on that planet from the Hummingbird whirring.

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Seven Hummingbirds #08

Finishing up the green guy perched on the branch lets me prepare to get ready for the flying guy above him. I also am finishing leaves and the vine highlights and shadows as I work on the birds. It is all a real gradual process for me. The images show before and the after.

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After…. The guy perched on the branch (lower right) gets his green.

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Seven Hummingbirds #07

This second hummingbird perched on the branch in the lower right section is one I am wanting to have kind of blend in. So there is something to discover in the painting. His coloring is going to be in greens so that he blends in with his surroundings enough to allow this. I begin with the bright yellow green flecks on his chest and outlining his body shape. It is where I see the light hitting his feathers creating that iridescent gleam.humbirdseven15humbirdseven17Then I begin to decide on color scheme for the two centered figure above the two perched birds.

 

Seven Hummingbirds #06

Our first hummingbird along with his honeysuckle blossom is rendered and it feels as though our painting is actually coming to life.

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I had not been sure that orange blossoms would not take away from the right colors in the hummingbirds. It was a scary thought. So, in all honesty, this first one was an experiment. I think we will be safe with the color scheme with the way this first one shows. Yay!

humbirdseven13 You will notice that we are also able to make the sunrise in the background come to life. I carefully wet the area staying just a tad away from the main characters using a light mix of Cadmium Yellow Light, and then fill my brush with bright drops of New Gambouge, and Cadmium Yellow Dark. Just dripping in the color and letting it do it’s own magic as it mixes.